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I brought this??home because Kerry Clare??loved it, and I loved the title and cover. Now that I???ve read it, I???m finding a prominent place on my shelf (as I acquire more books I???m getting more picky about what makes it to the shelf).

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Rose Edelstein???s mother makes her a lemon cake for her ninth birthday. She takes a big anticipatory bite, and is surprised and devastated when she tastes her mother???s despair.?? Rose soon learns she has a special gift???she can taste the emotions of everyone who prepares her food. At first her gift is a curse, and she eats factory-prepared food to avoid knowing too much about her family. But as Rose matures, she learns how truly unknowable our loved ones are, and as she comes to terms with her ???gift??? she begins to understand the art of acceptance and forgiveness.

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More than just confectionary, this pretty package delivers a sweet, sad and satisfying coming-of-age story.

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